3rd project EMOTION meeting in Tórshavn
Tórshavn – the capital of Faroe Islands. Where is that on the map? No, not somewhere close to Canary Islands or Mallorca. It is a group of islands between Scotland and Iceland.
This is the place where we had a third project EMOTION partners’ meeting. Our partners from “Dugni” organisation are working in order to strengthen the labour skills of socially vulnerable society groups, help drop-outs to return to education system and open up wider possibilities for their further education and inclusion into labour market.
Project partners’ meeting has held on 10-11 of April 2018 in different departments of “Dugni” so we had an opportunity to get to know organisation’s activity in depth.
During the meeting the biggest attention was again devoted to the creation of the handbook with tools for emotional management. The main themes of the handbook: emotions, their suppression and management, anger management and de-escalation techniques, negative emotions at work and self-help methods.
Partners were satisfied with productive work and having a free time – enjoyed magnificent views of the islands.
Next project meeting is planned on 22-23 of August in Reykjavik (Iceland) where we are planning to finalise the handbook and start putting everything into the final result.
Development of Work Skills in Šiauliai Remand Prison
On February 6 2018, we met with the representatives of Šiauliai Remand Prison to officially present the INforEX project, the training methodology and discuss the possibilities of its practical application in Šiauliai Remand Prison’s Economy Division. The methodology is aimed to help low-skilled individuals (primarily targeting former offenders) to acquire social and work skills at the workplace.
The meeting was attended by the Director of Šiauliai Remand prison Saulius Rajunčius, Deputy Director Darius Gaidamavičius, Head of Social Rehabilitation Department Raimondas Klimantavičius, Security and Maintenance Chief Almantas Pranckūnas, Chief Specialist of Economy Division Monika Klimišauskienė, Specialist of Social Rehabilitation Irma Bukantienė and Director of our organization Asta Jaseliūnienė and Project Manager Gintarė Černikienė.
We briefly introduced the project and the main principles of training, benefits for low qualified individuals. We are happy that the Director of the Remand Prison allowed us to introduce the methodology to detainees. We hope that after the introduction of methodology and training benefits to the participants, there will be willing to obtain a certificate of the work competencies acquired, which in the future after the served sentence will be added to their CV (curriculum vitae). We hope that this certificate (and most importantly, the acquired work experience) will contribute to increasing their chances of finding a job.
Meeting with the Representatives of the Labour Exchange: We Are Pursuing the Same Goals
On February 5 2018 VšĮ Žmogiškųjų išteklių stebėsenos ir plėtros biuras within the frames of the INforEX project (www.inforexproject.eu) met with Irena Vaikutienė, Head of Šiauliai Division of Šiauliai Territorial Labour Exchange, and Chief specialists. Experts discussed possibilities to test the methodology developed in the course of the project in practice. The methodology is designed to help low qualified individuals acquire social and work skills at the workplace.
We are pleased with the goodwill of the Labour Exchange Office to contribute to the implementation of pilot training with the target group. We will take part in job fairs where employers find potential employees. This is a great opportunity for us to reach a beneficiary and offer him / her to get a certificate of acquired work skills, which will be an excellent addition to the CV (curriculum vitae) when looking for another job in the future.
2nd Project „Dragon Dreaming“ Partners‘ Meeting in Poland
VšĮ Žmogiškųjų išteklių stebėsenos ir plėtros biuras together with Active Women Association (Poland) and Permacultura Cantabria (Spain) implement Erasmus+ project „Dreaming, designing, acting and celebrating Erasmus+ projects (DRAGON DREAMING) (Proj. no. 2017-2-PL01-KA205-039157).
On 2-4 March 2018 project partners met in Sosnowiec (Poland) for participatory visit. On the first day of the meeting partners shared about their work with young people (volunteering, practical placement, projects, methodological support, etc.)
On the 2nd and 3rd day of the visit the Dragon Dreaming trainer from Spain Julia Ramos involved us into a completely different experience of developing project based on different stages – dreaming, planning, doing and celebrating. More about the methodology you can read here.
The next visit is planned at the end of June in Šiauliai, Lithuania.
2018 26 February - March 1, the office of Human Resources Monitoring and Development organized the second meeting of the partners of the meeting was attended by project Erasmus + K2 project "Conscious Use of Natural Resources" (CONATURE). The partners from the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Italy and Great Britain. The progress of the methodology preparation, the training program in Austria and the possibilities of using online platforms were discussed. We arranged further project work and plans of activities. You can find the project description here: http://zispb.lt/en/projects/ongoing/conature
DRAGON DREAMING – what is it about?
On 15-17 of November a first project “Dreaming, designing, acting and celebrating Erasmus+ projects” (DRAGON DREAMING) partner’s meeting was organised by Permacultura Cantabria organisation in Santander (Spain). The representatives from Active Women Association (Poland), Permacultura Cantabria (Spain) and ZISPB (Lithuania) have officially started the project.
Partners from Poland and we had the same question – what is “dragon dreaming”? Oscar and Daniela explained that it is the method widely used in Spain and the rest of the world to create projects. The method enables to discuss, develop a dream into the plan / project.
During the two days meeting partners have also updated the plan of activities, shared once again the responsibilities and agreed on the deadlines.
Partners are going to learn from each other and share best practices about the work with young people. We are glad that 6 employees from our organisation will be able to participate in the 10 days learning course in Spain (November 2018) and get acquainted with DRAGON DREAMING methodology.
The next visit in planned in Poland in February 2018 and we will welcome our partners in Šiauliai in June.
Project EMOTION – a promising partnership
NORDPLUS ADULT programme project EMOTION is gaining a momentum. With a wonderful beginning in August in Šiauliai (Lithuania), this time partners met in a beautiful old city in Latvia – Daugavpils. Project team has already prepared the first part of the handbook on emotional management.
The project idea and the main result are very important and relevant for partners from Denmark, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Latvia and, of course, Lithuania. Adult educators, teachers working in adult training centers and schools face difficult situations with emotionally vulnerable learners who unexpectedly might get angry or too sensitive, feel tensed or too passive, etc. Partners have decided to collect the examples of those cases and propose tools, ways to de-escalate negative emotions and improve communication between the educator and the learner(s) so that such situations could be avoided.
During the meeting in Latvia (2-3 November, 2017) partners planned further steps, suggested case studies to be used in the handbook. We have a lot of work to do but we are waiting excitedly for the moment when the handbook is prepared.
If the information presented here is relevant for you, we kindly invite you to contribute creating this handbook. Please fill in the following questionnaire about the difficult situations you have faced when working with adult learners:
INforEX - “Innovative ways of including low qualified ex offenders and ex prisoners to labour market”
INforEX is a European project funded by the Erasmus+ programme that aims to improve the employability of ex-offenders / ex-prisoners. Organisations from 6 countries (Lithuania, Poland, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and Cyprus) have joined into a consortium to contribute solving this issue.
INforEX partnership has developed an integrated on the job working methodology that would enable ex-offenders with low qualifications to gain necessary social and work skills that are necessary for the today’s employers.
The methodology on the training programme involves three parts – training providers, entrepreneurs and ex-offenders or ex-prisoners. The training providers act out as intermediary body between entrepreneurs and ex-offenders / ex-prisoners and trainers of both parties.
Due to the certain peculiarities of the target group (i.e. ex-offenders and ex-prisoners), the preparation of trainers was considered as necessary. For this reason, from 9 to 13 October 2017, GINSO (partners from Spain), with the collaboration and support of the consultancy K-veloce I+D+i (http://kveloce.com/) organized the "Train the Trainer" workshop at its headquarters in Madrid for project partners.
Specifically, a 40-hour workshop was prepared in which discussion groups, role-playings, cases study and video visualization were conducted in order to disseminate and transfer skills and expertise to the experts involved in the project, from all partner countries. The main topics discussed were:
“How to be an affective coach”
• The Characteristics of Effective Coaching
• Communication skills: how to communicate with ex-offenders
• Psychologic and social factors when you work with ex-offenders
• Some recommendations for working with low skills adults
“How to evaluate competencies and skills”
• The Competencies-Based training
• Labour competencies and skills for the employment
“How to develop a checklist for labour competencies”
• Setting up a checklist that useful for employers during the training assessment
Furthermore, to finish the productive and satisfactory event, a visit was made to the “Teresa de Calcuta” Children's Center, in order to advertise and learn about the model of training and job training conducted with juvenile offenders in the Community of Madrid, as a model of good practice.
Next project step – to deliver training for entrepreneurs locally (each partner – to involve 12 enterprises) to share knowledge gained in Madrid. Each entrepreneur will train at least 2 former offenders or prisoners. As a result, 144 ex-offenders will be trained a concrete job and given a certificate and reference letter to help them further in their way to the labour market.
The project involves six partner organizations from six European countries: VšĮ Žmogiškųjų išteklių stebėsenos ir plėtros biuras (Lithuania), Eurosuccess Consulting in cooperation with the Cyprus Prisons Department (Cyprus), CASCAID (UK), Lazzarelle Cooperativa Sociale a r.l. (Italy), Collegium Balticum (Poland) and Gestión para la Integración Social -GINSO (Spain).
INforEX - “Innovative ways of including low qualified ex offenders and ex prisoners to labour market” (Erasmus+ KA2 project No. 2016-1-LT01-KA204-023242)
Learning Event in Madrid
Presently our organisation is implementing 5 Eramus+, NORDPLUS programme projects. We are always glad when we can learn from more experienced partners or share our work methods.
Three employees from ZISPB participated in the learning event in Madrid on 9 – 13 October. GINSO organisation delivered the training within the project INforEX (www.infoexproject.eu). Project partners from UK, Cyprus, Poland and Italy also participated.
Our colleagues from Spain presented tools about the work with low-qualified persons – how to assess their needs and competences gained, psychological and social work aspects, difficulties employers may face working with ex-offenders and how we – as trainers – could help them. A detailed programme may be found here: http://inforexproject.eu/en/english-outputs/english-learning-event/
Next step is to organise the training for 12 employers who will later provide an opportunity for 24 low qualified persons to gain skills necessary for the contemporary labour market.
Project meeting in Iceland
VšĮ Žmogiškųjų išteklių stebėsenos ir plėtros biuras together with partners from Norway, Sweden and Iceland are implementing project “Nordic-Baltic Collaboration in Creating Innovative Training Programme for Adult Educators To Work with Perpetrators, Women and Children who Suffered from Domestic Violence”.
Partners believe in the idea that in order to contribute to solving the problem of domestic violence it is necessary to work not only with survivors of domestic violence but also with perpetrators. Whereas specialists working with these groups need effective tools to help them.
Last week (13-15 September) partners met in a beautiful town named Ísafjörður. We were hosted by Solstafir. Partners have been discussing the preparation of the training programme, its structure, piloting.
Our organisation is planning to prepare a qualification development programme for social workers who very often are the first ones to observe problems in the family but they might not have proper knowledge to help them.
We are planning to have the programme finished in spring 2018. A group of social workers will be invited to test the created programme.
HOW TO MANAGE EMOTIONS?
The contemporary situation shows that the inability to manage emotions properly is a huge problem with negative consequences.
Every day media outlines the cases of violence against children, family members, relatives. The statistics is depressing – every 3rd women in Lithuania is abused, 42% of women in Iceland suffered physical or sexual violence.
Moreover, children are being bullied (Lithuania is in the 2nd place in Europe, Denmark – the 5th according the bullying rate). The specialists who have to work with target groups need effective tools to help their clients express negative emotions in a constructive manner and contribute to solving the most acute problems of society.
VšĮ Žmogiškųjų išteklių ir plėtros biuras (Lithuania) together with partners from Dugni (Faroe Islands), Mācību centrs plus (Latvia), Vestegnen HF & VUC (Denmark), RightNow ehf Research, Innovation and Skills (RRIS) have decided to prepare a handbook of tools for specialists working with adults having different problems – inability to manage anger, suppression of emotions, depression, etc.
On 23rd – 24th of August specialists discussed that the colleagues working in their organisations need knowledge, tools how to act in situations when during workshops, training or lessons a participant becomes aggressive or starts to cry. Specialists are working under stress and would also like to know about self-help methods.
The main themes of the handbook:
- Emotions, their suppression and management;
- Anger management and de-escalation techniques;
- Negative emotions at work and self-help methods.
It is planned to finish the handbook in October 2018, pilot it in 5 countries and present during the conference in Denmark in April 2019.
The project is funded by NORDPLUS ADULT programme.
NORDPLUS Partners meeting in Sweden
The project “Nordic-Baltic Collaboration in Creating Innovative Training Programme for Adult Educators To Work with Perpetrators, Women and Children who Suffered from Domestic Violence” has almost reached its mid-term and this time partners from Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Lithuania met in Skövde (Sweden). The meeting was held for 3 days. The first two days mainly were dedicated for the training and the last day – to agree on administrative things (timesheets, things that are still missing, updating website, etc.). On Tuesday (28 of March) we had a pleasure to participate in the training delivered by Ragnhild Åkerstedt about the work with children who have been exposed to domestic violence. She presented two methods that she uses. One was play therapy and the other was the staircase method. The staircase method is a treatment that reaches out over a long time. On 29th we had another interesting training on the work with immigrant children who are in the middle of two fires – the customs, traditions and beliefs of their parents and the modern society where they fled to from war. This issue is particularly relevant today when countries accept refugees from Syria and want to help families but have thousands of questions since it is a new challenge to our societies. Thus this training encompassed not only work with children and violence against them but also a different perspective – the work with immigrants. On 30th we have all agreed on the final structure of the Handbook for adult educators and also agreed what principle to follow while composing examples that we find useful and worth mentioning for others. We hope to prepare Good Practice Handbook at the beginning of June 2017. We will share it on our project and partners’ websites.
On February 16-18 Asta Jaseliūnienė and Gintarė Černikienė visited Kilkenny (Ireland). This was already a 4th project MA&A (Museums Art & Alzheimer’s) partners’ meeting hosted by Butler Galley at a wonderful Kilkenny castle.
Partners have worked intensely for 3 days to decide and agree on the main outputs of the project:
- online course about how to design and build museum programs for people with dementia with special attention to the caregivers;
- online guidelines dedicated to family and professional caregivers and museum educators, on how to communicate with people with dementia through art.
The following project meeting and dissemination conference for the created outputs are planned on May 25-27.
First project INforEX partners’ meeting in Naples
14-15 December, INforEX partners’ meeting was held in Naples, Italy. The representatives from CASCAiD (UK), GINSO (Spain), Lazzarelle (Italy), Collegium Balticum (Poland), ŽISPB (Lithuania) met in person to start officially the project, discuss the upcoming activities, plan the next steps.
The coordinators of the project paid a lot of attention to present the whole project, its changes and finances as well as administrative matters, redistribute some tasks among partners.
Partners from Cyprus during the videoconference presented the guidelines for the needs analysis and focus groups in order to have a solid basis for the creation of training and certification model.
Two days were spent productively and effectively. Next steps – to meet relevant stakeholders (representatives of vocational training centers, employers, labour exchange offices, etc.) and identify what skills are missing and in which direction INforEX project should turn in order to meet the needs of unqualified exoffenders and employers.
NEW QUALIFICATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME!
We are glad to inform you that our programme for social workers (16 academic hours) –
„Timeslips“ and other innovative methods in social work with elderly and demented persons has been approved!!!!!
On 29 June – 1 July the fifth project “DSH Positive Choices” international meeting and training was held in Romania by Institutul Bucovina (http://bucovinainstitute.org/).
We participated in the intensive training about how photography and pantomime technique may be used in the work with young people to help express their emotions.
Partners from Romania also presented their country and culture – we had an opportunity to visit a beautiful monastery, a museum and several social enterprises. Next project meeting is planned in October in Greece.
NEW QUALIFICATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME!
We are glad to inform you that our programme for social workers (8 academic hours) –
“SELF-HELP METHODS TO MANAGE EMOTIONAL STRESS AT SOCIAL WORK” has been approved!!!!!
NEW PROJECT GRANTED!
VšĮ Žmogiškųjų išteklių stebėsenos ir plėtros biuras was awarded the grant to work additionally with 20 people who would like / were ordered by the court to participate in the programme to change their violent behaviour.
The project implementation period is from 01/07/2016 until 31/12/2016
The project is financed by Ministry of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania.
NEW PROJECT GRANTED!
EU Member States, until relatively recently domestic violence (DV) was considered a private matter in which the state played only a limited role. It is only since the 1990s that violence against women has emerged as a fundamental rights concern. The effects of family violence are broad, impacting on the individual experiencing abuse, children who are exposed to the violence and the wider community. DV hurts deep inside and can leave permanent psychological and emotional scars, having huge impact on future life, functioning in society. Different strategies are created to tackle this problem. Services are created to help victims of DV, change behavioural patterns of perpetrators. Usually, those services are scattered and help provided for separate individuals. The background of our project is based on the belief that it is necessary to apply a holistic approach of helping all parties involved in domestic violence (DV) perpetrators (abusers) and victims of DV (women, children).
Our organisation together with partners from Iceland, Norway and Sweden prepared and was awarded NordPlus Adult 2016 grant to implement the project “Nordic-Baltic Collaboration in Creating Innovative Training Programme for Adult Educators To Work with Perpetrators, Women and Children who Suffered from Domestic Violence”.
The aim of the project is to develop 1) handbook of tools, methods and 2) innovative training programme for specialists working with perpetrators, victims of domestic violence (women, children) with the aim to promoting holistic approach of all parties involved in DV.
Other main results will be:
1. 3 international training for adult educators for experience exchange of working with perpetrators, victims of DV;
2. 12 local training workshops to transfer, multiply, evaluate the knowledge gained nation-wide for relevant stakeholders;
3. The competences and the work improved of 12 consortium members, 48 local training participants and 48 adult educators of pilot testing of the created programme.
The results of the project will be accessible on the project and partners’ websites, Handbook shared in each of the participating countries during local activities, training, the training programme accredited in at least one country.
1. Applicants and Coordinators - ŽISPB (Lithuania);
2. BIIA (Sweden);
3. Solstafir (Iceland);
4. Folkenuniversitetet (Norway).
Our organisation from 24 th to 27 th of May organised introductory training for social workers’ assistants.
Participants came from different Lithuanian towns – Akmenė, Josvainiai, Raseiniai, Kėdainiai, Strėvininkai and Telšiai. They were eager to gain some knowledge and new experience, performed practical tasks, also tasks related to acting, analysed the causes of problems and tried to find different possible solutions. Members shared with others with various conflict situations related to their work and tried to help each other, offer alternative ways for problems solution.
On the 21st of April, lector Asta Jaseliūnienė from VšĮ Žmogiškųjų išteklių stebėsenos ir plėtros biuras delivered practical training for social work specialists - "Problem Solving Using Forum Theatre Method" in Šeduva Care Home.
During the training participants have learnt how to solve problems in a creative way, worked on improving their communication skills, strengthening self-confidence, tried to get rid of communication fears. During the training all participants had certain roles, acted out various problem situations, tried to find out creative ways for solving problems. Employees working in Šeduva Care Home are devoted for their work, caring about their clients, understand the meaning of their work and have a wonderful director who unities the team, promotes team building so as to go forward altogether. Well done!
The 4th project “Positive Choices” partners’ meeting was organised in Aksaray on 11-15 of April.
We’ve done a great job! We participated in the practical training, received a lot of methodical material on working with young people who have difficulty in expressing their feelings and emotions. We had a wonderful lecturer who took his work seriously and not a minute was wasted – we’ve worked to the fullest! We who came from Lithuania, Greece, Romania and UK were so lucky – we have gained not only useful knowledge, practical advice on working with young people but also had an opportunity to visit some famous sightseeing places. We tried to see as much as we could. We visited places of interest in Kapadokya. We had a chance to go into caves and underground cities where people lived even until 1924. This experience left unforgettable memories!
Conference and Training in Florence
The 2nd project „Museums Arts and Alzheimer“ partner‘s meeting took place on 21-25 March in Florence (Italy). This time partners gathered for the Learning Event.
The agenda was intense – there were so many things to do!
On the first day partners discussed about the learning platform for museum educators who want to create programs for people living with dementia and the skills course for their carers.
Bairbre-Ann Harkin from Butler Gallery delivered a workshop on language related to disability and dementia.
On the second day of the learning event international conference “Making Art Accessible for People with Alzheimer’s and their Carers and Families” was held. The conference attracted about 200 people!
After the conference all participants went to the Marino Marini museum and participated in workshops conducted by partners from Germany, Italy, Ireland and Lithuania. It was valuable experience for all of us to see how the professionals of their field work.
On the third day we have tried out dance and movement therapy in the museum and created a common work from clay in Open Studio.
The last two days of the learning event were dedicated to the creation of the main outputs of the project.
1st project meeting of the Erasmus+ KA2 project A4A - Harnessing the Arts for Wellbeing in mental Health and Social Care (Art4Alz) The first project partners meeting was organised on 27-29 November in Duisburg (Germany).
The meeting was hosted in Wilhelm Lehmbruck museum (http://www.lehmbruckmuseum.de/?lang=en
) and we were really welcomed by art educator Sybille. The project consortium consists of organisations coming from Italy, Lithuania, Germany and Ireland.
On the 1st day of the meeting partners were introduced with the main rules of project management. In the evening partners had a possibility to visit Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord (http://www.landschaftspark.de/der-park
) which attracts more than 1 million visitors every year.
During the 2nd and 3rd day of the meetings partners discussed about project activities implementation, meeting dates, inclusion of people with dementia and their carers, family members, and the improvement of communication between them with the help of arts.
On 27-29th of October the 2nd project “DSH Positive Choices” partners’ meeting was organized in Šiauliai. Our organization welcomed partners from Greece, Romania, United Kingdom and Turkey.
During the first two days partners participated in the training conducted by our trainers Indrė Katauskienė, Justina Kiudytė, Viktorija Paškauskaitė and Gerda Žymantaitė. Youth workers were introduced with forum theatre and its techniques (invisible, image, newspaper theatre, etc.). Upon returning to their countries partners will pass the knowledge to other youth workers and youngsters who have troubles in expressing emotions (alexithymia).
On the 3rd day of partners’ visit the administrative meeting was held. Partners presented activities after the training in Plymouth (the material and knowledge received was conveyed, disseminated to youth workers in each of the participating country), also the date of next meeting in Athens was set.
The last meeting of the Project “Competent To Do” in Liubliana (Slovenia).
On 3-4 September social programmes coordinator Gintarė Černikienė participated in the last meeting of the Project “Competent To Do” in Liubliana (Slovenia). The meeting was hosted by project coordinators CDI Univerzum. Partners summarized all work packages, discussed what still has to be done until the official end of the project at the end of October. The greatest attention was paid to the development of final project product – Handbook for tutors of female prisoners and ex-offenders and how to ensure that it will be exploited. There’s a still lot of work to be done!
More information about the project www.competenttodo.com or Facebook.